These are exciting time for Newcastle Jonas Gutierrez but he has come crashing back to earth after Newcastle’s two defeats since he returned from Argentina’s triumph in qualifying for next summer’s World Cup Finals in South Africa.
Jonas Gutierrez – helped Argentina qualify for World Cup finals
Jonas talked about Argentina’s dramatic qualification today:
“We needed to win both of our last two games to get to the World Cup and few people gave us any hope of doing it, particularly in Argentina.”
“It has been a horrible campaign because of the abuse we have received as a squad. Some of it has been difficult to accept.” “As soon as it was over, I knew I had to concentrate on Newcastle again.”
“It was just a relief to be able to finish on a high with Argentina because it has been a tough few months.” “There has been so much going on back home, people have been very angry and disappointed.”
“But we have at least ended the qualifying campaign well and I am very happy to have been able to play my part.”
Argentine manager Maradona has been forced to apologize for his bizarre behavior following the win which booked Argentina’s place in South Africa next summer.
Maradona lost control and verbally attacked the media in a profanity laced barrage – not unlike the verbal attack on the media of a certain Joe Kinnear at Newcastle last year.
“I know why the manager lost his temper, but I think he is more calm now, which is probably a good thing.”
“The press in Argentina were hard on us all, but especially on him and he took it personally.” “It was good to qualify for him because he has had to deal with a lot of the criticism.”
“It has been difficult, but at last we have had some good times with the national side. Everyone is calm again at last.”
Jonas will need to start playing International class football for Newcastle in the English second division, and along with fellow compatriot Coloccini, who returns to the side tomorrow following injury, they will both be important players if we are indeed to get promoted this season.